South Carolina authorities arrest man in connection with Kentucky teen's kidnapping

Florencio Gomez Saiche, 24, faces kidnapping and sexual misconduct charges in connection with a Kentucky teenager who went missing.

SALUDA COUNTY, SC. - A missing 16-year-old Hispanic teen from Kentucky has been found in Saluda County and her alleged captor has been arrested.

According to the Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to a home in Saluda County on Tuesday, Feb. 20 just before 10 a.m. When they arrived, they found 24-year-old Florencio Gomez Saiche who told investigators that nobody else was in the home.

While investigators were talking with Saiche, they heard movement inside the home and did a sweep of the residence finding the missing teen and taking her into safety. Saiche was subsequently arrested.

Investigators report there was a language barrier, so SLED and SCDPS Immigration Enforcement Units were brought in to help with the investigation. The investigation soon uncovered that the victim was taken around December 7, 2017, from Kentucky and brought to Saluda County where she was confined to a bedroom until she was able to contact her family through social media when the suspect was not around.

Saiche is facing charges of kidnapping and criminal sexual conduct in the first degree. More charges may follow pending the outcome of the investigation.

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